The Hours of Isabella Stuart

Prayer Obsecro te and scenes from the Pilgrimage of Jesus Christ

Texts and Images

The prayer beginning Obsecro te (‘I beseech you’) was one of the most popular devotions addressed to Mary as a mediator between God and humanity. It opens with a large miniature of the manuscript’s patron kneeling before the Virgin and Child. Every page has a marginal miniature from the cycle illustrating the French poem Pilgrimage of Jesus Christ.